A Complete list of Words that Start with “Del”

A Complete List Of Words That Start With “Del”

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I have prepared a complete list of words that start with “Del” in the following for you together with their definitions and examples.

The words are arranged in alphabetical order.


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A Complete List of Words that Start with “Del”

A Complete List of Words that Start with “Del”


Meaning: abbreviation for delete: a key on a computer keyboard that you press to remove data
Example: press Del to delete the selected data.


Meaning: separation into constituent layers
Example: National Geographic reports that the design of astronauts’ space suit gloves can lead to hand and finger injuries, including an icky condition called fingernail delamination in which the nail completely detaches from the nailbed.


Meaning: to make something happen at a later time than originally planned or expected
Example: [ + -ing verb ] I think we should delay deciding about this until next year.


Meaning: happening at a later time than expected or intended
Example: Officials said that the reason for the large number of delayed flights was the bad weather conditions.

Delayed sleep phase pattern

Delayed sleep phase pattern

Meaning: a situation in which someone falls asleep and wakes later than most people
Example: Delayed sleep phase pattern can cause problems with schooling and work.


Meaning: to reduce the number of different levels of staff in a company or organization
Example: In his letter to shareholders he said he plans to delayer management in order to speed decision-making.

Del credere agent

Meaning: a person or company that receives commission (= payment) for selling goods or services for another person or company, and that agrees to pay for the goods even if no money is received from the buyer

Example: Upon default of payment he himself must pay for the goods, and for this additional service the del credere agent receives a higher commission than an ordinary sales agent.


Meaning: looking or tasting extremely good, and giving great pleasure
Example: we had a delectable cheesecake


Meaning: in a way that looks or tastes extremely good, and gives great pleasure
Example: The house sits delectably on a river bank with views to a pretty little bridge.



Meaning: great pleasure and enjoyment
Example: We want the whole land of the country to be used economically, not to be kept for the delectation of exceptionally rich persons.


Meaning: a person chosen or elected by a group to speak, vote, etc. for them, especially at a meeting
Example: Each union elects several delegates to the annual conference.

Delegated legislation

Meaning: in the UK, laws, rules, etc. made by a person or group other than parliament that has been given special powers to do this by parliament

Example: Delegated legislation allows the Government to make changes to a law without needing to push through a completely new Act of Parliament.


Meaning: a group of delegates
Example: After exchanging pleasantries, the delegation revealed the purpose of their visit.


Meaning: someone who delegates (= gives) part of their job, duties, etc. to someone else to do for them
Example: His chief of staff’s most important skills are as a delegator and disciplinarian.


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Meaning: to make something seem not valid or not acceptable
Example: If he does not take part in the election, it would delegitimize the entire electoral process.


Meaning: to remove or draw a line through something, especially a written word or words
Example: They have deleted a clause in the contract which says the company can make people redundant for economic reasons.


Meaning: harmful
Example: These drugs have a proven deleterious effect on the nervous system.

Delhi belly

Meaning: a slight stomach illness while travelling, caused by eating things that you do not usually eat or something that is not safe to eat
Example: The beach resort has to improve the water quality so that guests stop getting Delhi Belly.


Meaning: informal for delicatessen: a small shop that sells high-quality foods, such as types of cheese and cold cooked meat, often from other countries, and, especially in the United States, sandwiches made using these foods
Example: Have you tried that Greek deli on Church Street?


Meaning 1: (Adjective) (often of something bad) intentional or planned
Example: We made a deliberate decision to live apart for a while.

Meaning 2: (Adjective) A deliberate movement, action, or thought is done carefully without hurrying

Example: From her slow, deliberate speech I guessed she must be drunk.Meaning 3: (verb) to think or talk seriously and carefully about something
Example: The jury took five days to deliberate on the case.



Meaning 1: Intentionally
Example: I’m sure he says these things deliberately to annoy me.

Meaning 2: Slowly and carefully
Example: Calmly and deliberately, she cut up his suits one by one.


Meaning: involving careful thought and discussion when making decisions
Example: He refers to a traditional deliberative process in which tribal elders meet to work out problems and disputes.


Meaning: something especially rare or expensive that is good to eat
Example: In some parts of the world, sheep’s eyes are considered a great delicacy.


Meaning: needing careful treatment, especially because easily damaged
Example: Delicate plants need to be kept in a greenhouse during the winter.


Meaning: carefully, in order to avoid causing physical damage
Example: Some goods needs to be handled delicately.



Meaning: clothing that needs to be washed very carefully because it is easily damaged, for example underwear made of thin material
Example: Turn the dress inside out and put it in the washing machine on the delicates cycle.


Meaning: a small shop that sells high-quality foods, such as types of cheese and cold cooked meat, often from other countries, and, especially in the United States, sandwiches made using these foods
Example: Smoked sausage can be found in most delicatessens.


Meaning: having a very pleasant taste or smell
Example: The delicious smell of freshly made coffee came from the kitchen.


Meaning 1: with a very pleasant taste or smell
Example: she made us a deliciously garlicky potato cake.

Meaning 2: very pleasantly
Example: His teeth were like pearl, and his large full eyes were deliciously white.


Meaning: the quality of having a very pleasant taste or smell
Example: They praised the deliciousness of her food.



Meaning: a small valley, usually with trees
Example: I suspect that there are some nice dells and fields on his estate where one could build a convenient cottage.


Meaning: (something or someone that gives) great pleasure, satisfaction, or happiness
Example: My sister’s little boy is a real delight.


Meaning: very pleasant, attractive, or enjoyable
Example: Thank you for a delightful evening.


Meaning 1: to take goods, letters, parcels, etc. to people’s houses or places of work
Example: Mail is delivered to our office twice a day.
Meaning 2: to (help) give birth to a baby

Example: She delivered her third child at home.
Meaning 3: to save someone from a painful or bad experience

Example: Is there nothing that can be done to deliver these starving people from their suffering?

Delmonico steak

Meaning: a small steak (= a thick, flat piece of meat from a cow) that is cut from the back of the animal
Example: The meat in a Delmonico steak is a bit tougher than cuts from the rib.



Meaning: detach or remove from a particular place or location.
Example: There is continuing and growing pressure to delocalize production.


Meaning: to remove lice (= a type of very small insect) from the body, hair, or clothing of a person or the fur of an animal

Example: All new workers were deloused and examined for infectious diseases before being admitted.


Meaning: an ancient Greek sanctuary (= a holy place) on Mount Parnassus, where an oracle (= a female priest) was believed to be able to answer questions with advice from the god Apollo

Example: The ancient Greeks considered the center of the world to be at the temple in Delphi.

Delphi technique

Meaning: a method of collecting opinions about the future and judging how likely a future event or situation is. Experts answer a list of questions without discussing them with each other, look at each other’s answers, and change them until a consensus is reached (= a situation where they all agree)

Example: The Delphi technique is a structured approach for reaching a consensus judgment among experts about future developments in any area that might affect a business.


Meaning 1: relating to the ancient Greek sanctuary (= holy place) at Delphi, or the oracle (= female priest) who gave advice there
Example: Croesus, King of Lydia, asked the Delphic oracle if he should attack Persia.

Meaning 2: mysterious and without a single, clear, definite meaning
Example: The media rushed to try and decipher his Delphic remarks.


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Meaning: a tall garden plant with blue flowers
Example: Historically this garden was planted with spring-blooming perennials such as delphiniums, irises, peonies, and poppies.


Meaning: an area of low, flat land, sometimes shaped like a triangle, where a river divides into several smaller rivers before flowing into the sea

Example: With the melting of the glacier, streams carry sediment to glacial lakes, building kame deltas on top of the ice.

Delta shares

Meaning: used in the past to describe shares in small companies that are not often traded
Example: The company’s delta shares were very little.


Meaning 1: a muscle in the shoulder, shaped like a triangle and used for lifting the arm
Example: Always stretch your deltoids after lifting weights.

Meaning 2: shaped like a triangle
Example: This is a deltoid ligament.


Meaning: to make someone believe something that is not true
Example: He’s deluding himself if he thinks he’s going to get that promotion.



Meaning: believing things that are not real or true
Example: Poor deluded girl, she thinks he’s going to marry her.


Meaning: a very large amount of rain or water
Example: This little stream can become a deluge when it rains heavily.

a deluge of something

Meaning: a lot of something
Example: The newspaper received a deluge of complaints/letters/phone calls about the article.


Meaning: belief in something that is not true
Example: [ + that ] He’s under the delusion that he will be promoted this year.


Meaning: believing things that are not true
Example: Delusional thinking is common in schizophrenia.

Delusions of grandeur (idiom)

Delusions of grandeur (idiom)

Meaning: the belief that you are more important or powerful than you really are
Example: I believe that too many people have delusions of grandeur about our military role abroad.


Meaning: false
Example: I harbored the delusive hope that he would return my love.


Meaning: in a way that shows that you believe something that is not true
Example: They delusively imagined themselves to be free.


Meaning: very comfortable and of very high quality
Example: That was not an appropriate range of facilities for a hotel that the tour operator said was a five-star deluxe establishment.


Meaning: to search, especially as if by digging, in order to find a thing or information
Example: She delved into her pocket to find some change.

Delve into something (phrasal verb)

Delve into something (phrasal verb)

Meaning: to examine something carefully in order to discover more information about someone or something
Example: It’s not always a good idea to delve too deeply into someone’s past.

Concluding note

Today we covered up a complete list of words that start with “Del”. I hope this lesson would be useful to you. Visit my page for more interesting English lessons.

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